Intracranial stenosis is a narrowing of the arteries in the brain caused by plaque build-up. The condition decreases blood flow to the brain and can be caused by high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease or hereditary factors. Plaque build-up may begin in early childhood, but not be detected for decades. Some symptoms mimic a stroke, including facial weakness, slurred speech, and arm or leg numbness on one side.
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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by intracranial stenosis. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments, including interventional neuroradiology (INR), a new procedure available at just a few medical centers in the country. INR allows our neurosurgeons to view real-time, 3-D images of the surgical area and perform the entire operation through an endoscope – a tube – so that an incision in the head and brain tissue is not needed. These advanced techniques minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Patients also generally recover more quickly.